Over the past few years the college recruiting process has almost become an obsession to college football fans. Many fans follow prospects throughout their entire process in hopes of them signing with their favorite collegiate team. Some prospects get more attention than others maybe undeservingly so. Whether deservingly or not, in today's recruiting world the recruiting websites determine whether you are a 5 star game changer or a unknown 2/3 star "sleeper". So what really separates a three (***) star prospect from a five (*****) star prospect? Is there really a difference? Should more expectations and pressure be put on a high school football player to perform better than everyone else because he has an extra star under his name? Maybe, Maybe not, But in the end success is ultimately up to the individual. If the prospect does great he will become a Campus legend, but if he flops he will be labeled a recruiting mistake/bust". Either scenario will have a lifetime impacts on the prospects life. I guess its the risk you take for being good haha.
Natural ability & potential only takes you so far. Once on campus these prospects have to learn how to prepare to play against experienced college players, as well as handle off field responsibilities they may not be used to handling. No longer is the prospect the fastest, quickest, and strongest player on the field. High school recruiting stars don’t mean anything anymore. This means countless hours eating lifting, and studying film. The majority of which will have to be done on your own time individually. If the work ethic is not there, the potential will never be reached. Many times Work ethic is why the 3 star sleepers flourish and turn out to be Game Changers and team leaders. They all feel they have something to prove. They were not heavily recruited and praised as the next great player. Bottom Line.. The Recruiting process is fun, but as a prospect do not think you do not have to work hard because you have one or two more star than your competition at the position Because you will surely only have high school highlights to reminisce on, and a lot of time to watch them over and over due to the lack of action you will see. :) So my advice is once signing day is over, never look at your stars again because no one else will.
"Entitlement is not only the opposite of achievement, it undermines incentives to do all the hard work that leads to achievement" - Thomas Sowell"